recipes and talk about:
natural foods
whole grains
local foods
the heirloom garden

September 20, 2010 in project food blog6 comments

4 Neat Blogs I Found Through Project Food Blog

Voting for Challenge #1 is over, but you can still visit these cool blogs.

It was going to be more bloggers, but the pages load so slooooowly and my patience wore thin. Also, all you Twitter peeps?

Slackers. Only got one suggestion. The rest of you? Slackers!

Before we get to the really super awesome foodies and their blogs that I’ve found so far, lemme shill my own link. I hate popularity contests, so vote for me so I can stop feeling like a horrible noodge.

There. Now check out these great blogs and vote for them too. Read more on 4 Neat Blogs I Found Through Project Food Blog…

Bucket Kitten Wants YOU…to Vote

bucket kitten sez vote

Note: This post is backwards and Wonderland-style, so those wonderful sorts interested in voting can get to it right away, and the slackers who just want to be verbally abused can get all that at the end.

What bucket kitten actually says, “Mew mew mew meow mew.”

Translation: Read more on Bucket Kitten Wants YOU…to Vote…

Off to Iraq! Falafel Sandwich with Tahini Sauce

falafel sandwich

Helen: Hmm, Pita. Well, I don’t know about food from the Middle East. Isn’t that whole area a little iffy?
Hostess: [laughs] Hey, I’m no geographer. You and I — why don’t we call it pocket bread, huh?
Maude: [reading the ingredients list] Umm, what’s tahini?
Hostess: Flavor sauce.
Edna: And falafel?
Hostess: Crunch patties. Read more on Off to Iraq! Falafel Sandwich with Tahini Sauce…

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September 19, 2010 in project food blog17 comments

Project Food Blog Challenge #1: A Kitten Can Save the Day

i got cute kittens

Really, really interesting title, no? You don’t think so? Project Food Blog is a new contest by my sponsor, Foodbuzz, to, get this:

Find the next food blog star

And now I’m supposed to post telling you how I’ve got what it takes. The chops. The cojones.

I’ll tell you what. Read more on Project Food Blog Challenge #1: A Kitten Can Save the Day…

October 3, 2010 in project food blog32 comments

Project Food Blog Challenge #3: Winter is Coming — A Literary Dinner Party

Thanks to all of you who voted for Shiny Cooking in round 2 of Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog challenge. I made it to round 3, whose theme was a “luxury dinner party.” Project Food Blog is now over, but still: wrap something warm about you while you continue reading, because winter is coming.

currant sorbet, served in tiny flutes as a palate cleanser

When the third challenge came up — and they all come up suddenly, by the way, the way everything we know about for ages does — to host a luxury dinner party, I was still undecided as to a theme. As I researched fancy-schmancy vegetarian main courses suitable for autumn that might use vegetables still growing in my garden, I came across a showstopper from the now-defunct Gourmet magazine: Pumpkin Stuffed with Vegetable Stew.

Wow. This I could work with. The stew fit perfectly with my itch to host a party consisting entirely of foods described in George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF). Here’s how the party all worked out, along with some totally serious and not snarky tips for throwing a successful dinner party. Yeah. Enjoy the snark-free ride while you can. Read more on Project Food Blog Challenge #3: Winter is Coming — A Literary Dinner Party…

October 4, 2010 in project food blog, shameless plug2 comments

Voting Open for Project Food Blog Challenge #3

Note: My web host was down from 6:30 p.m. October 4th until…well, technically it still is, because my main content folder is still missing. I was able to access the site through the back end and cobble my last two posts back together, but you’ll notice the site is missing a few features and images. My apologies to everyone who tried to view my PFB post on the 4th and 5th and thank you for coming back!

Thanks to all of you who voted for Shiny Cooking in round 2 of Foodbuzz’s Project Food Blog challenge. I’ve made it to round 3, whose theme is a “luxury dinner party.” Voting is open until October 7. If you believe my literary dinner party featuring dishes from George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series merits a vote, please vote for Shiny Cooking!

The link places your vote and goes to a page where you can easily browse through all the entries in the competition. Everyone gets 100 votes to spend, so I encourage you to keep clicking and check out some of the other amazing dinner party entries and vote for them as well. Read more on Voting Open for Project Food Blog Challenge #3…

September 27, 2010 in project food blog, shameless plug3 comments

You all rock. And voting for round 2 of Project Food Blog is open

Thanks to all of you and your help, I was lucky enough to pass the first challenge in Project Food Blog and move on to round two. And the competition is wonderful and fierce: the posts I’ve seen so far for “The Classics,” in which we re-create an unfamiliar cuisine’s signature dish, have been fracking stellar.

Read more on You all rock. And voting for round 2 of Project Food Blog is open…